Judge Christopher Droney was quoted in the Connecticut Law Tribune article, "What Are Some ADR Trends Since COVID-19?" The article discusses the changes COVID-19 had on conducting business, which led many attorneys to choose alternative dispute resolution (ADR) after the pandemic closed state and federal courthouses.
Droney, who has been conducting ADR hearings for about one year, explains that he has seen an increase in personal injury and commercial cases, "where there is an issue of insurance coverage." He expands, "because of the uncertainty on when the state and federal courts could and would resume trials, there was an uptick in insurance cases. In both state and federal courts, they are working to start jury trials. But because of the backlog of criminal cases, lawyers are starting to realize it will be a long time before they can get civil jury cases hear, thus they are doing ADR."
Droney also touches on the benefits of ADR, citing that "it's much easier to put together a private mediation when you have parties and lawyers in different locations around the country … you can do a Zoom call."
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